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Commercial Operation Begins for First LMS100

Posted on July 5, 2006

GE Energy’s first LMS100, simple cycle, gas turbine power plant entered commercial operation this month at Basin Electric Power Cooperative’s Groton Generation Station located near Groton, South Dakota, U.S.A. The unit has successfully completed the following commissioning requirements: 12-minute start capability to full power; synchronous condenser operation; and demonstration of guaranteed output, heat rate and emission levels. In addition to meeting these contractual requirements, the LMS100 has also demonstrated the ability to achieve full power from a cold metal start within 10 minutes.

Plant construction began at the Basin Electric site in August 2005 with delivery of the gas turbine generator set in November 2005. First fire was achieved in April 2006 with full-load operation in May. The LMS100 has accumulated 138 hours of operation and 48 starts to-date.

Basin Electric’s LMS100 unit is fueled by natural gas from the Northern Border Pipeline and is connected to the existing substation operated by the Western Area Power Administration. It will be operated for summer and winter peaking. Electricity will be transmitted to rural electrical systems, which transmit power to cooperatives in northeast South Dakota.

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